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Lutherans Help Make Winning Touchdown for "Souper Bowl"

From news@ELCA.ORG
Date 12 Feb 2001 14:29:32


February 12, 2001


     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football
League claimed victory on "Super Bowl Sunday" Jan. 28, thousands of
Lutherans also made the "winning touchdown" in a challenge of a
different kind.
     Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
participated in "Souper Bowl of Caring," a national effort to fight
hunger.  Organizers reported their results on game day.  As of Feb. 8, a
total of $3.5 million was raised, the national total is posted on -- the Souper Bowl of Caring's Web site.
     Some congregations of the ELCA arranged for young people to
collect dollars in large soup pots and collect canned goods as
parishioners left worship the morning of the championship game.  Some
congregations contributed the donations to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal,
local food pantries and homeless shelters.
     More than 30 congregations of the ELCA Nebraska Synod, Omaha,
collected and contributed more than $7,000 for local ministries, said
Linda Janssen Gjere, communication director for the synod.  Another
$1,600 was collected for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, she said.
     Youth at Grace Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Neb., collected 125 cans
of soup for the Lutheran Metropolitan Parish Pantry, Lincoln, and
provided $193 for People's City Mission there.  "Some members of the
congregation served at The Gathering Place, a soup kitchen in Lincoln,"
Gjere said.
     At Shepherd of the Hills, Omaha, youth dressed up as cheerleaders.
They collected $75 for Project Hope Pantry, Omaha.
     More than $1,600 was collected by members at Tabor Lutheran
Church, Kane, Pa., for Lutheran World Relief, the overseas relief and
development agency of the ELCA and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
     Members of Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, N.D., collected
packaged food items and $143.75.  The food items were distributed to
local food pantries.  "The cash was evenly divided for the ELCA World
Hunger Appeal and local food pantries," said the Rev. Timothy H.
     At Trinity Lutheran Church, White Plains, N.Y., members raised
$100 for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal "by making soup and gathering
contributions from about 80 people before the church's annual meeting on
Jan. 28," said the Rev. William L. Hurst, Jr..
     At Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsville, Pa., members
contributed $146 for New Shelter Services, Inc., a shelter for abused
women and homeless families in Lewistown, Pa. It is the congregation's
sixth year participating in Souper Bowl of Caring.
     Other ELCA congregations participating in the Souper Bowl of
Caring included:    + House of Prayer Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Aaliquippa, Pa.  Members collected $154.00 for a local hunger project in
     + Faith Lutheran Church, Lakeland, Fla.  Members contributed $164
for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
     + Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Md.  More than $1,360
was collected for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
     + Grace Lutheran Church, Villa Park, Ill.  More than $124 was
given to the Lombard-Villa Park Food Pantry and the ELCA World Hunger
     + Messiah Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va.  Members collected
money for the ELCA World Appeal and a local program.
     + Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, Va., where members support
local organizations.
     In preparation for the Souper Bowl of Caring, the 11,000
congregations of the ELCA received a packet containing resources and
ideas for youth groups and others to plan for the event.  The packet was
produced by the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and the Lutheran Youth
Organization (LYO).  Housed in the ELCA's Division for Congregational
Ministries, LYO represents more than 500,000 high-school age people in
congregations of the ELCA.
     The packet included a poster and bulletin inserts designed to
invite members of the church to give one dollar or more.
     Souper Bowl of Caring began when the Rev. Brad Smith, Spring
Valley Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., made reference to the
National Football League's "Super Bowl Sunday" as "Souper Bowl Sunday"
in a prayer.  The senior youth fellowship of the congregation took the
pun in earnest and a national effort to fight hunger was born.
     The partnership has grown from 22 churches in 1990 to more than
11,000 congregations in Canada and in every state.  The effort generated
more than $3 million in 2000.  That year, Lutheran congregations raised
$493,000 for local and national hunger organizations and the ELCA World
Hunger Appeal.

Editors: Contributions to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal can be sent to:

PO Box 71764
Chicago, IL 60694-1764

For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or NEWS@ELCA.ORG

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